Outdoor Labyrinth

Community Labyrinth Walks

Community Labyrinth walks are held on the Equinoxes, Solstices, World Labyrinth Day, and Unity World Day of Prayer. Please stop by closer to the date for additional information.

No registration is necessary. Guests and the public are always welcome. There is no charge for this event, but love offerings are always welcome.

2024 Dates

June 20, 2024Labyrinth

The Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk and Drum Circle has become an annual event here at Unity Spiritual Center. Walk the labyrinth from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and join the Drum Circle beginning at 7:00. Bring your chair, blanket, drum, rattle, or other percussion instrument, and we will honor the heartbeat of our Mother Earth together. (We will have some extra drums, etc., on hand.) Love offerings are always appreciated.

The World Day of Prayer is September 11 - 12, 2024. Check back closer to the date for information on the Labyrinth walk.

The Autumn Equinox is Sunday, September 22, 2024. Debi and Marty Kermeen from Labyrinths in Stone will be here to celebrate with us. Stop back closer to the date to check the time for this Labyrinth walk.

The Winter Solstice is Saturday, December 21, 2024. Our Community Labyrinth walk is 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Our Labyrinth

LabyrinthOur Labyrinth is always open and open to all!

At 90 feet in diameter, Unity Spiritual Center's outdoor labyrinth is the largest in Ohio.

Unity's labyrinth is based on the design of the world-famous labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral in France.

The outdoor labyrinth is behind Unity Hall on the campus of Unity Spiritual Center. Unity welcomes people of all faiths to perform this walking meditation at their convenience.

The labyrinth is not a maze. There are no tricks or dead ends. Instead, it has a single circuitous path that winds into the center. You use the same path to return; the entrance becomes the exit. The path is in full view, which allows you to be quiet and focused internally.

LabyrinthGenerally, there are three stages to the walk: releasing on the way in, receiving in the center, and returning or taking back out to the world you received.

The labyrinth is an ancient pattern found in many cultures around the world. Designs dating back 4,000 years have been found on pottery, tablets, and tiles. 

The labyrinth is a tool to guide healing, deepen self-knowledge, and empower creativity. Walking the labyrinth clears the mind and gives insight into the spiritual journey. It urges action. It calms people in the throes of life transitions. It helps them see their lives in the context of a path, a pilgrimage. It helps to stir the creative fires within. To those in deep sorrow, the walk gives solace and peace.

Each of us has a different experience as we bring our unique hopes, dreams, history, and the longings of the soul. It is truly a sacred place, an active prayer.

LabyrinthGuidelines to Walking a Labyrinth

1.    At the entrance, pause a moment to clear your mind.
2.    Become aware of your breath.
3.    Walk in silence at a pace that feels natural, following the outlined path.
4.    You may pass people or let others step around you.
5.    At the center, stay as long as you like. Reflect on God, pray, or meditate. 
6.    As you leave the center, follow the same path in reverse.
7.    Upon exiting the labyrinth, turn and offer a nod or bow to honor your experience.

 

Ways to Use the Labyrinth

LabyrinthConsider the labyrinth a walking prayer or meditation. Feel free to do what is comfortable and to experiment. Here are some suggestions:

In silent reflection, open to receiving peace or guidance.

Walking with your spirit guides, angels, Jesus, Mother Mary, etc.

Contemplating a problem, joy, dream, or question in your life.

Meditating on a particular verse of scripture, prayer, or affirmation.

Repeating a meaningful phrase or word.

Calling others to mind in forgiveness, healing, or love.

As a joyful act of Thanksgiving and praise.

 

Photos by Jan Casey-Liber and David Schwartz.